2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Social Science

Simonides to LaRussa
Amanda M. Carroll* and Jesse L. Leong
Prof. Martha L. Rose, Faculty Mentor

The feelings associated with being victorious in competition are universal. For some people winning means everything, to lose is a disgrace to everyone. The Ancient Greeks followed this philosophy almost religiously. In order to celebrate their champions one Greek poet, Simonides wrote his Victory Ode, to celebrate Greek champions everywhere. The idea of a victory ode is one that has remained throughout time. In modern time the 85 Chicago Bears performed their Super Bowl Shuffle way before the playoffs even started. They were that confident. Even more recently when the Houston Astros went to the World Series in 2005, a Houston based rapper named Paul Wall re-wrote one of his songs to celebrate the Astros making it to the World Series for the first time. For this assignment we re-wrote Simonides’ Victory Ode, for the St. Louis Cardinals winning the World Series.

Keywords: sports, poetry, ancient greece, Simonides, St. Louis Cardinals


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 32-2
Location: VH 1320
Time: 10:00 am

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